Posts tagged: YA
SF/F Editor Emeritus James Schellenberg returns with a guest star piece about the novels of Carrie Vaughn.
Stories are important, we all know this. I hasten to add: and they should be fun too, otherwise why bother reading them? Every once in a while, I run across a new author that balances “something to say” and “have fun saying it” in a way that really appeals to me. This year, that author has been Carrie Vaughn.
Cover and first page from Evan Munday’s fun and hilarious The Dead Kid Detective Agency: Au Revoir, Mr. O’Shea.
Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town, short on friends, and the child of a clinically depressed science teacher. Naturally, she spends most of her time in the Sticksville Cemetery, which just happens to border her backyard. And that backyard just happens to be the home of five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past: there’s the dead United Empire Loyalist! The dead escaped slave who made her way north via the Underground Railroad! The dead quintuplet!
Soon, October befriends the five dead kids. Together — using October’s smarts and the dead kids’ abilities to walk through walls and get around undetected and stuff — they form The Dead Kid Detective Agency, committed to solving Sticksville’s most mysterious mysteries. October’s like Nancy Drew, if she’d hung out with corpses.
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So we’re faced with a choice. Do we want to micromanage our schools for ideological purity? Or do we want kids to learn something — even, sometimes, something with which we might disagree? If we want the first, we should keep on as we’re keeping on. If we want the second, we need to stop being so worried that teachers might teach the wrong thing that we don’t let them teach anything at all.
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Ming Doyle’s cover for Adventure Time #14 via Comics Alliance.
Comics Editor Carol shares 10 comics she liked in 2012:
Tales of derring-do! Girl adventurers! Occult mystery! Infernal foes! Secrets revealed! Love & loss! Betrayal! Intricate art bound in lovely hardcovers! Indie going mainstream! Original creations! It’s been an incredible year for comics. So many good ones that I can’t even begin to claim to know what would be the best comics of 2012. So here’s my list of comics I liked in 2012, in alphabetical order to avoid riling the many rogues contained herein.
(image: Prince Robot IV on the throne. Saga, drawn by Fiona Staples)
Here are some notes and images from Lois Lane, Girl Reporter, a pitch for a series of illustrated young adult novels I worked on a few years ago for DC Comics. Story by me, with considerable brainstorming help from my pal John Campbell, and art by Project: Rooftop fan favorite Daniel Krall.
My wonderful editor, Chris Cerasi, was a real champion of the series, which we codenamed “Project 77,” and while we had a great time working on it and finding this secret window into the DCU, it doesn’t look like the current leadership of DC is remotely interested in this kinda thing. I thought some Lois Lane fans here on the interwebs might at least like a look at what might have been…
This week Romance Editor Chris Szego takes a look at young adult romance and offers a selection of good reads.
Despite my whinging last month, I do in fact both read and love a lot of young adult Romance. I may not be fond of the ‘Supernatural Boyfriend of the Week’ subgenre (and no, Stephanie Meyer did not invent it; it’s been out there for decades), but that still leaves me with a large field full of great books. This is a great time for YA books in general, so it makes sense that there’ll be some top notch Romances among them.
I’ve mentioned a few times that I volunteer with young girls. As part of my work with them we did a project focused on sequential art and comics.
We did some fun stuff. The girls designed their own comics. They each presented one of their favorite comics. They interviewed a comic book writer. And…